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Gade: Symphonies Vol 2 / Hogwood, Danish National Rso


Release Date: 11/20/2001 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9957   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Niels Gade
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Christopher Hogwood's recording of Niels Gade's Fourth Symphony originally appeared in tandem with music by another composer, but so successfully does he realize Gade's particular mixture of neo-classical and conservative Romantic elements that it's no surprise that Chandos opted to go for a complete cycle. While the Concert Overture No. 3 sounds a trifle anonymous, the two symphonies contain plenty of interesting music, from an impressive "funeral march" Andante and wonderful Scherzo in Symphony No. 7, to No. 4's irresistibly breezy finale. Say what you will about Gade: he knew how to make his music "go", and so does Hogwood, whose firm rhythmic control and ideally transparent textures, never stinting on timpani, brass, and winds, reveal Read more masterful orchestration and a far gutsier idiom than received opinion generally allows. Gorgeous sonics complete an exceptionally attractive picture of a composer too often dismissed as an unimaginative hack. Terrific.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 20 by Niels Gade
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Copenhagen, Denmark 
2.
Symphony no 7 in F major, Op. 45 by Niels Gade
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864-1865; Copenhagen, Denmark 
3.
Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 14 by Niels Gade
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1846; Denmark 

Sound Samples

Overture No. 3, Op. 14
Symphony No. 7 in F major, Op. 45: I. Allegro risoluto
Symphony No. 7 in F major, Op. 45: II. Andante
Symphony No. 7 in F major, Op. 45: III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 7 in F major, Op. 45: IV. Finale: Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 20: I. Andantino - Allegro vivace e grazioso
Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 20: II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 20: III. Scherzo: Allegro, ma non troppo e tranquillamente
Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 20: IV. Finale: Allegro molto vivace

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